SU Board welcomes new members, installs officers for 2013
- 1/11/2013 -
Pictured above left is Southern University Board
of Supervisors chairwoman Bridget A. Dinvaut and vice chairman the Rev.
Joe R. Gant being installed as 2013 officers during the Board’s regular meeting January 11, 2013, in the Board Meeting Room, by
general counsel Winston Decuir Jr. -Photo Naville Oubre III, SU Office of Media Relations and Publications
Pictured above right taking the oath of office for the SU Board are (left-right) Michael Small, Rev. Joe R. Gant, Antonio "Tony" Clayton, Raymond Fondel Jr., and Leon Tarver II. SU Board of Supervisors general counsel Winston Decuir Jr. administers the oath of office. -Photo Naville Oubre III, SU Office of Media Relations and Publications
The Southern University and A&M College System Board of Supervisors
Friday, January 11, 2013, installed new officers and held a swearing-in
ceremony for new and reappointed members during its regular monthly
Incoming chairwoman Bridget A. Dinvaut, who was
unanimously elected during the annual officers' election in November
2012, and the Rev. Joe R. Gant of Shreveport, who elected as vice chair
at today’s meeting, were installed as the 2013 officers for the
16-member governing board for the Southern University System.
Gant, the senior pastor of Cavalry Missionary Baptist Church, previously served on the SU Board of Supervisors for more than 12 years. He served as chairman for two years.
Taking the oath of office for the SU Board were three newly appointed members and two reappointed members named by Governor Bobby Jindal, Friday, January 5, 2013.
Joining the SU Board are Michael Small of Slidell, Leon Tarver II of Baton Rouge, and Raymond Fondel Jr. of Lake Charles. Reappointed to the Board are Gant and Antonio "Tony" Clayton of Port Allen.
Dinvaut addressed the Board stating that "She is honored by their selection of her to serve as chair to lead the Southern University Board and she welcomed new and returning members who will help to revitalize and rebuild Southern University."
During her comments after presiding over the first meeting as chairwoman of the governing board for the only historically black college and university System in America, Dinvaut said, "There have been many challenges in the past, and there will be new challenges in the future for SU. I am exited and enthusiastic about working with the Board, administration, students, alumni, and everyone to meet the new challenges. The destiny of a great legacy is in our hands and we have an obligation to preserve it for generations to come."
The Board also recognized Darren Mire for his service as chairman for the past two years and unveiled his portrait that will be placed on a wall in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room in the J.S. Clark Administration Building.